JMARIES51's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JMARIES51 JMARIES51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891101 For the past few days I have not been feeling very good. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't quite right until this morning I decided to take my blood pressure. It was slightly elevated. I have been taking some antihistamines for the spring allergies and I think this is causing my blood pressure to rise a bit. <BR> <BR> It is amazing that just a few points can really change how a person feels. I have watched people who suffer from HBP over the years and have always thought that they... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:24:37 EST Granddaughters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098585904.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday my granddaughters met each other for the first time. They are 3 1/2 years apart so it will be awhile before they start playing together. It was so much fun to see how excited Anna (the older one) was to hold her cousin Ayla. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:00:02 EST What I Have Learned This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882493 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556801226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This has been an interesting month of learning for me about my emotional eating. After being on the Dr Oz Total 10 for 2 weeks, I slowly added foods back into my diet. That all went pretty well until I added in bread. Then all of the cravings started up again. I tried to do this all methodically so that I could learn what pushes my craving buttons and it definitely is simple carbs. When I eat just a small am... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:43 EST Dr Oz Total 10 Transition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871979 Just a quick note to say a few words about the Total 10 transition. I have added just a few foods back into my meals and so far haven't had any ill effects. I have added 1 piece of whole wheat, whole grain bread to breakfast, and a very small amount of brown rice to lunch or dinner. And also I have added a couple meals with a small amount of cheese and milk. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that I started having some carb cravings after adding the bread back into my meals. It hasn't be... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:46:25 EST Listening to Recovery Workshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870676 <BR> I wanted to quickly share with everyone a free online recovery workshop that is available over the next few days. I have listened to a couple of the videos and there is some inspiring and motivational information. If you find you can't access it, you might need to try another browser. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. <link>recovery2point0.com/conference/ </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:36:06 EST Eating Low Carb - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161203164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am on the low-carb bandwagon. After finishing up the Dr Oz - Total 10, I was really kind of worried about how to keep my momentum going. Somehow I seem to do really good following strict rules, but when the rules start to widen and give me more choices, I get a little off track. And then all of a sudden I am back to my old eating patterns. <BR> <BR> So I decided to start doing a lot of reading around the sc... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:22:26 EST Finishing Total 10 and Moving On to Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863895 Yesterday was day 14 for Dr. Oz Total 10 quick weight loss diet. And since I am feeling so good I have decided to move onto the maintenance plan. The term maintenance is used here to mean maintaining eating low carb and low fat proteins, lots of veggies, and slowly adding fruits and dairy back in at amounts that will still allow you to lose 1 pound to 2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> I am a little bit nervous to change my eating patterns - just afraid of opening up those cravings again. I thi... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:19:28 EST Day 12 Dr. Oz - Total 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454021792.jpg"> <BR> I am totally sold on low carb. Or maybe it is the elimination of dairy that has helped me get out of the rut that I have been in for all of 2014. Whichever it is, hopefully I will be able to discover as I add foods back into my diet. <BR> <BR> What I do know is that I am feeling so much better physically, mentally and spiritually. Yes, it is even helping me feel more spiritual. How is that, you might ask? Well,... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:49:15 EST Day 10 - Dr Oz Total 10 (Long blog about the journey) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860257 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15613411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got started on the Dr Oz Total 10 by asking myself what I really wanted for myself in 2015. Since I retired last year I have been trying on a lot of different hobbies and asking myself if I really want to stay retired or go back to work part time? My plan was always to help my son out in his new business adventure, but in truth I know that the best thing for both of us is for me to stay out of his bu... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:07:22 EST Day 8 Dr Oz Total 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933992248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Starting day 8 today of Dr Oz Total 10 diet. My mind is starting to think ahead to next week and what comes next. I am beginning to feel better with the low carb eating but I still do miss the carbs. The sweet cravings have subsided, though, and I am very thankful for that. <BR> The instructions for the maintenance plan are to start adding back the food groups slowly one week at a time. <BR> <BR> "Week 1: Lo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:50 EST Day 7 Total 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857885 Today I woke up with a cramp in the arch of my foot. Ouch! But I always take that as a warning that I am not getting enough hydration or potassium. <BR> <BR> Other than that I am feeling pretty energetic today. Hopefully the worst of the "low carb flu" is behind me and now I can start feeling the benefits of eating more healthy. <BR> <BR> My mental attitude seems to be more cheery and ready to meet the demands of a busy day. I am anxious to get out and exercise in the sunshine. Our ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:14 EST Day 6 - Thank you Sparkfriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857109 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391988178.jpg"> <BR> Day 6 and I am still feeling a bit of weakness this morning, but not as bad. Hopefully it will pass quickly once I get my breakfast eaten. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of your encouragement. It really does help to know that people care and take the time to say it. Sometimes I visit blogs and see all of the comments and feel like it won't make a difference if I leave a comment or not, but no... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:24:22 EST Day 5 - Dr Oz - Total 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856586 Today I am feeling more energy and at the same time when I haven't eaten for a couple hours I can really start feeling an odd sort of down feeling. I have been drinking lots of green tea to counterbalance this low. <BR> <BR> One of my Spark friends mentioned low carb flu <link>paleoleap.com/low-carb-flu/ </link> and now having read it, this is exactly how I am feeling. Gosh I love Sparkpeople. Always here with info when you need it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am going to endure this and ho... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:34:38 EST Day 4 of Total 10 - Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942373257.jpg"> <BR> I just got out of bed an hour ago, but this is how I am already feeling and that is after 8 hours of sleep. Hope this feeling passes soon. <BR> <BR> What I have read is that the body is in the process of eliminating toxins and the best thing to do is to drink lots of water and green tea. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report except that yesterday I did feel quite hungry in the evening. I was so thankful to have the... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:18:59 EST Day 3 of Dr Oz Total 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855152 Just a short check in here. Today I am feeling a bit more fatigued and having more food cravings. I am fighting this by drinking the broth and drinking water. From what I have read things get better after the 3rd or 4th day. <BR> <BR> It is interesting that when I don't eat sugar and a lot of carbs I can really feel the effects of the food that I do eat. I wonder if that has something to do with blood sugar levels. I will have to ask my doctor next time I see him. <BR> <BR> Hope ev... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:47:19 EST Dr Oz - Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854476 <link>www.doctoroz.com/page/total-10-downl<BR>oad-plan </link> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764869009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not big on diet plans, but after reading and hearing about this eating plan, I decided to give it a try. It requires eliminating dairy and most carbs for the first 2 weeks. Since I had eaten quite a bit of pastries over the holidays I was looking forward to getting my sweet tooth under control again, and this looked like it might be a simple w... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:59:34 EST Day 100 -- This IS HOW I LIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835646 I can honestly say that I am happy to make it to day 100 - There are many moments that I thought I would give up along the way. But I committed to 100 days and that is what I did. <BR> <BR> Now the part about the weight loss. I lost 10 pounds this entire time. That isn't huge, but it is better than gaining. What I really wanted to do was to stay motivated during this fall and the start of the holiday season. I am not sure that I can say I have felt motivated to lose weight. What I do... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:28:34 EST Day 99 - It's Not In Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834952 Today is day 99 of 100 days of weight loss. The exercise today is about making signs that will stop you from emotional eating. Linda Spangle suggests putting a sign on your fridge or cupboard that says, Not In Here. I have tried this in the past and found that I don't even look at the sign. You know how it is, easy to ignore what you don't pay attention to. <BR> <BR> For me I have found that positive sayings catch my eye and pictures of things and people that are important to me. I hav... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:00 EST Days 98 New Year's Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437393231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In today's lesson we asked to write a New Year's Resolution, but with a different twist. We are to assume that we have reached our goal weight - The date is: <BR> Dec 17, 2015 - <BR> <BR> I now weigh 135 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am pleased with my new amount of energy and ability to move my body. I love feeling confidant when I am out moving through the world. <BR> <BR> My body feels healthy and slim. <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:16:58 EST Day 97 - Use What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833872 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116949760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's lesson is about going back and looking over what has worked for me in the past and then pull out those great strategies and do them again. <BR> <BR> Here are the strategies that work best for me: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay consist - this happens when I chart everything. That means that I write down all the food I am consuming in the day, all the exercise that I am doing, and chart all the other goals th... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:31:17 EST Day 96 What Will It Take? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833518 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507251788.jpg"> <BR> Are you have trouble staying one track with your goals or intentions? Today's lesson is about breaking your goals down into smaller steps that you can accomplish easily. So for instance, I have an intention to gain more strength in my knees. So what I am doing in order to achieve this is that while I am walking I will stop and do some knee bends while holding onto my walking stick. Also, when I am getting out o... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:33:41 EST Day 95 Set Your Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832045 I love today's lesson. It is about setting intentions and then setting specific actions that will help you achieve them. In this lesson intentions could be used interchangeably with goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436606799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I set an intention to get more strength in my legs. My first action was to do a few knee bends because I find that it is getting harder for me to get down on my hands and knees to clean. So I will do a few ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:02:58 EST Day 94 Three Columns of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831373 In today's lesson we once again go back to the beginning and take a look at evaluating our days. This is a tool to help with maintenance. The days will fall into one of three columns: <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss - a day when you know you have managed to stay within a restricted amount of calories, had proper hydration, and have expended the right amount of energy. <BR> <BR> 2. Maintain - a day when you eat healthy, exercise, and know that you have not overeaten, but have eaten a few extra ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:52:38 EST Day 93 20- year Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830978 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709410836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In today's lesson we are asked to create a plan that will work for the next 20 years. Since I am about to turn 64, I imagine planning for 20 years is a bit unrealistic, but that's ok. Maybe if I have a great healthy plan I will have 20 healthy years ahead. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1483544350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not going to write my 20 year plan here, but basically it will... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:05:48 EST Day 92 Accept The Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830314 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1186335276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I come to the end of the 100 days of weight loss, I find that the lessons are drawing me to a point of knowing that my weight loss and healthy living is a journey that will be ongoing for the rest of my life. My job here is to either accept the solution of living healthy or accept that I will be obese for the rest of my life. Linda Spangle has a sentence that puts it into perspective: <BR> <BR> "Look at it t... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:51:05 EST Day 91 - Obesity Is a Condition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829704 In today's lesson Linda Spangle writes about obesity as a condition, not unlike other health problems that a person might have to learn to manage and live with. Although this is not new news to me, I am always kind of taken aback when I really think about this excess weight on my body as a condition that I will live with for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178911661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I have lived with this condition since I was aroun... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:57:13 EST Day 90 Live "as if" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828092 Today we get to go back to yesterday's exercise and pick one of the items on the list and all day long act "as if" the thing is true. The item I am picking is - smiling and laughing at all of life. <BR> <BR> I like to call today's exercise the day of: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146675549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was in medical assisting school we had to come to class everyday dressed in our uniform for the office. We had to role play everyday for a year and a h... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:35:20 EST Day 89 At My Best I Am.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827730 Today's lesson is about remembering the times when you felt at your very best and then make a list. Read the list out loud and read it often. Put the list in a place where you can reach for it and read it whenever you are feeling your confidence dropping. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1551275803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was just thinking that this is kind of like writing a resume for hiring yourself to be your own best friend. <BR> <BR> When I am at my best I... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:57:15 EST Day 88 - I DO CARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827016 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800164414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Everyday - day in and day out - it is difficult to keep up the motivation to care about eating healthy and exercising, especially when it hasn't been set up as a lifestyle. And truthfully I bet even people who are absolute health freaks have times when they would like to eat a something unhealthy or not exercise. <BR> <BR> For today's lesson we are asked to make a sign that says I DO CARE. And when you feel tha... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:37:26 EST Day 87 Old Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826431 Today's lesson is about getting rid of old habits that are not serving your healthy lifestyle. The exercise is to write a list of the old habits and then go back and write how you will change this behavior so that you don't fall back into that old habit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1917928330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of the old habits that I have managed to break are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eating ice cream every night at bedtime <BR> 2. Eating a piece of chocolate j... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:29:24 EST Day 86 Minimize the Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825835 I love that I am now on day 86 of the 100 days of weight loss and today's lesson. This lesson is perfect for the holiday season and any other unexpected days that could be filled with over indulgence. <BR> <BR> What we are to do today is to come up with 3 ideas of how to deal with these situations. My ideas are this: <BR> 1. When preparing a dessert for a party, choose to make something that I don't like. Yesterday I made an apple cake with raisins for a birthday party. I dislike rais... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:45:29 EST Day 85 - LET IT GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825205 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395329570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to laugh about today's lesson. My granddaughter loves the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen. She will sing it over and over and over again. And she acts out the parts of the princess (or is it a queen?). When I actually googled the lyrics to the song I was pleasantly surprised at what a great lesson there is in this song. <BR> <BR> Anyway, to get back to Let It Go on our 100 days of weight loss -... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:42:47 EST Day 84 The Expectation Square http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824711 Today's lesson is about widening your expectations in life to avoid disappointment. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647702679.jpg"> <BR> You are to draw a small square and write all of your expectations in it. And then draw a larger square where you can rewrite the expectations with adding a wider view that could also be ok. The gist of this assignment is that with fewer disappointments in life, a person might feel less frustrated and this will help dissolve some... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:48:40 EST Day 83 No More Deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823349 Today's lesson is about deprivation. When learning to eat healthy and change your habits to good choices a person can feel deprived of the food that they used to eat. A really good example of this is Thanksgiving holiday. When I was young we used to start Thanksgiving in the morning with donuts and scrambled eggs. Then for lunch we had homemade dinners rolls and fruit salad. During the day we would munch on chips and dips and cheeses. Then the big dinner would be full of salads, rolls, ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:41:53 EST Day 82 Last-straw Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822287 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152643758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's lesson of last straw eating is a continuation of yesterday's lesson on chain of events. This is where you end up eating something totally unplanned and probably more than you would want to because you are kind of at your whit's end. <BR> <BR> For me this usually happens at a time when I am really tired. Since I have retired this isn't really something that happens during my day. I spend a lot more ti... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:14:12 EST Day 81 Unhook the Chains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821636 I have taken a couple of days to think about Day 81 before I blogged about it. In the lesson for today we are asked to take a serious look at the chain of events that leads us to an emotional eating event. What you do is trace back from the event and ask what happened, and what else and what else. Once you have identified the problem you can come up with a solution to change the outcome. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608183623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The reason ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:47:38 EST Gone But Not Forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645690054.jpg"> <BR> Today would have been my Mom's 92nd birthday. She was a great lady and her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1119722671.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859143868.jpg"> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:17:15 EST Day 80 Get a New Title http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820079 I am my own SUPERHERO! This was the title I gave myself the last time I worked through 100 days of weight loss, and I still think it applies to me today. <BR> <BR> As a SUPERHERO I am able to walk and jog as many minutes and hours and miles that I want. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900500026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As my own SUPERHERO I only need to look as far as a mirror to see the person that I know will help me through the toughest times. I meet my daily c... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:40:07 EST Day 79 Live as a "Healthy Person" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1402061730.jpg"> <BR> A Healthy Joann <BR> <BR> Hopefully this picture will turn out and not be too small. Anyway, today's exercise is to draw a stick figure of me and then make labels on it that depict the areas in my life. For each area I will say how I plan to make my life healthier. <BR> <BR> 1. Eating - Choose fruits instead of pastries, eat as many veggies as I can to replace the chips, etc., plan healthy meals, make shopping li... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:59:54 EST Day 78 Ditch the Critic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818951 No matter what you say or do to me, I am still a worthwhile person. This is the lesson for Day 78 of 100 Days of Weight Loss. <BR> <BR> Without writing about my past, let's just say that I have been working on this lesson for several years. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653925398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that I am able to stand up for myself with people in my own family, and I have eliminated any outsiders that might be critical, the only person to harness is myse... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:10:45 EST Day 77 The Healing Power of Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818339 I love rituals. Today's exercise is about finding rituals that help you heal. This is easy for me. From the start of my day to the end of my day I am all about rituals. <BR> <BR> In the morning my first ritual starts before I get out of bed. I take a few moments to set my mind into having a good day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780685968.jpg"> <BR> If I have had trouble sleeping I like to plan how I am going to get some rest during the day. If I am troub... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:50:08 EST Day 76 Emotional Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817257 Today's exercise is about creating a spot in your home where you can go to "be" in your emotional safe place. It can be a nice stuffed chair, a corner of the room, wherever you can go and surround yourself with things that make you feel good. <BR> <BR> I live in a pretty small house, but I realized that I have a couple of places that I consider my safe place. One of these spots is a corner of my bedroom where I do my writing. I have books that I am reading on a shelf, my laptop on a tab... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:45:12 EST Day 75 - Small Wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438191055.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love today's lesson. It is about making a list of all your small wins and then reading them everyday. Once again it is all about reprogramming the brain for success. <BR> My list of small wins: <BR> 1. Taking a walk everyday with the dogs <BR> 2. Drinkinig 8 glass or more of water everyday <BR> 3. Checking in with Sparkpeople everyday, and blogging most days <BR> 4. Reaching day 75 in 100 days of weight l... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:05:38 EST Just had to post it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815720 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2047707652.jpg"> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:54:47 EST Day 74 Watch for Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815679 I just love how sometimes the perfect subject comes up on the day that you either need it, or someone else you know needs it. <BR> <BR> Today's exercise of watching for rainbows is about not giving up just because you have a bad day. Instead, learn to cultivate your attitude of gratitude. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462668319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning someone close to me was having a very bad day. I told her to find some funny videos on YouTube and wat... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:20:54 EST Day 73 All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814898 I would like to say that I used to be a perfectionist, but unfortunately I know I still suffer from some of this all-or-nothing thinking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950121608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just trying to write this blog I took an hour searching for the right visuals that I wanted to include in it. Then I had to laugh at myself because I realized what I was doing. I think the worst part about trying to always get it right is how much it paralyzes me to get... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:30:37 EST Day 72 Sneak Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814235 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753474753.jpg">I used to be a huge sneak eater. Sometimes at work I would buy a big bag of M&M's and open my drawer and put one or two in my mouth and let them melt. Oh how wonderful it felt to relieve my stress with some nice smooth chocolate. But in reality what was I really doing? Why did I feel like I had to sneak? -- It was interesting to take a look at these dynamics now after months of not being at work. <BR> <BR> I worked with... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:33:24 EST Day 71- It's Too Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812761 Do you ever find yourself getting discouraged and thinking it is just too hard to stay on a diet or an exercise regime? Today we are again dealing with the psychological blocks that we tell ourselves and start believing as truth. <BR> <BR> Whenever you start to think something is too hard, go back and make a list of all the things in your life that you have done that were difficult, but you did them anyway. <BR> <BR> Here is a short list of some difficult times I have gotten through in ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:29:38 EST Day 70 - No Good or Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811947 Today's lesson continues from yesterday's and it is all about giving up judgmental behavioral codes about food and eating. Yesterday was about giving up the notion of cheating in regards to food, today it is about Good and Bad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1123107759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This concept has proved to be difficult for me to give up, not because I don't want to, just because I have practiced it for so many years. I tend to villainize junk food as ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:21:11 EST Day 69 - No Cheating Allowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2098283393.jpg"> I used to be an all or nothing thinker and this often included some very destructive self talk. One of the things I would say to myself is that I had cheated on my diet. In today's lesson Linda talks about giving up the notion of cheating in regards to food. Cheating is a word that implies something illegal and/or immoral. Imagine you come upon this choice: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210993... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:51:40 EST